You can win over a greedy person by offering money, a proud person by covering before him. You can win a foolish by agreeing with him and you can win a scholar by truth only.
There are three gems upon this earth: food, water and pleasing words. Fools consider pieces of rocks as gems.
Learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t live long enough to make them all yourselves.
As long as your body is healthy and under control and death is distant try to save your soul; when death is immanent what can you do?
Even if a snake is not poisonous, it should pretend to be venomous.
Give your wealth only to the worthy and never to others. The water of the sea received by the clouds is always sweet.
As a single withered tree, if set aflame, causes a whole forest to burn, so does a rascal son destroy a whole family.
Do not reveal what you have thought upon doing, but by wise council keep it secret being determined to carry it into execution.
One whose knowledge is confined to books and whose wealth is in the possession of others, can use neither his knowledge nor wealth when the need for them arises.
There is poison in the fang of the serpent, in the mouth of the fly and in the sting of a scorpion; but the wicked man is saturated with it.
Never make friends with people who are above or below you in status. Such friendships will never give you any happiness.
God dwells not in the wooden, or stone or earthen idols. His abode is in our feeling, our thoughts. It is only through the feeling that we deem God existing in these idols.
A good wife is one who serves her husband in the morning like a mother does, loves him in the day like a sister does and pleases him like a prostitute in the night.
He who is overly attached to his family members experiences fear and sorrow, for the root of all grief is attachment. Thus one should discard attachment to be happy.
The fragrance of flowers spreads only in the direction of the wind. But the goodness of a person spreads in all directions.
A man is great by deeds, not by birth.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself.
He who walks in the eightfold noble path with unswerving determination is sure to reach Nirvana.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
The root of suffering is attachment.
The tongue is like a sharp knife… it Kills without drawing blood.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Never see what has been done; Always see what remains to be done.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
Those who are unaware they are walking in darkness will never seek the light.
If you think a thing is impossible, you’ll only make it impossible.
Faith without work is death.
Defeat is a state of mind; no one is ever defeated until defeat has been accepted as a reality.
Empty yourself! Open up! After all, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
No one can hurt you unless you allow him to.
Not “what” to think but “how” to think.
A quick temper will make a fool of you soon enough.
It’s not what you give, it’s the way you give it.
If there is a God, he is within. You don’t ask God to give you things, you depend on God for your inner theme.
Absorb what is useful, discard what is useless and add what is specifically your own.
Showing off is the fool’s idea of glory.
Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
Old Man’s Advice to Youth: ‘Never Lose a Holy Curiosity.’
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.